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EALA Roots for Concerted Efforts in Combating Corruption

Hon Daniel F. Kidega (right) Speaker of EALA, Hon Shem Bageine, Minister for EAC Affairs, Uganda and Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja, inspector General of Uganda at the meeting earlier today.  The EALA Speaker opened the meeting

Former Minister in the NRA and academician Prof. Edward Rugumayo has urged the ruling party to show commitment to orient cadres through a clear succession program, check http://darylhewsoncollection.com/tmp/templates_c/album%5e%25%25cf%5ecfb%5ecfb45e27%25%25module_db_tpl%253aalbum%253bslimbox.php Chimp Corps report.

“This succession makes human development possible and demands connection between generations, case a connection which is not passive but active and should not be left to the whims of choice or blind forces of economics, help ” said Rugumayo.

He warned that “without succession, the human race collapses socially, educationally, culturally, economically, morally and spiritually.”

The party’s ideologue advised that to survive, any society, human plant or animal must create conditions and modalities of succession.

“In any human society, leadership must have a carefully calibrated programme of succession; and this is what NRM, a party that has been running and managing the affairs of Uganda for 30 years and brought visible economic and social changes should and must do.”

Prof Rugumayo who also served in the Obote and Amin administration made the remarks while delivering the keynote address at the NRM Intergenerational Dialogue at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday.

Among other NRM historical figures that took part included; Miss Hope Kivengere, Magode Ikuya, Kintu Musoke, Joan Kategaya and Tom Butime.

Organised by the NRM Historical Leaders Forum and B12 Study Group, the function aimed at among others addressing concerns of the young people seeking to take power from the party’s old guard.

The succession debate has been raging inside NRM with the old crop being accused of frustrating the ambitions of youthful leaders.

Rugumayo stressed that much as the youth comprise majority of the population, the problems faced by Uganda can’t be solved by a single generation.

“As a leading political party, it becomes imperative to work out systemic policy and programme to identify, educate, train, deploy, supervise, monitor, mentor, evaluate and examine cadres in their hundreds and thousands, and in all major areas of society,” he said.

In the same tone, Magode Ikuya also opined that the long standing cross generational conflict within the party is an absurdity.

“The issue of succession should be centred on issues and values other than mere age.”

He confronted the NRM youngsters on understanding the party orientation before they can begin making desperate demands for power.

Magode strongly criticized NRM’s seasonal presence which he said must be continuously felt in all spheres of life.

“NRM shouldn’t only be active during election time,” he cautioned.

Moderated by Simon Kaheru and Kwame Rugunda, the function was graced by hundreds of young NRM leaders and supporters, government officials and politicians.

The significance of coexistence between generations dominated the discussion with the view that the historicals are tasked to orient the young into party ideology.

Segregation

Some of the youthful leaders however raised concerns over what they described as ‘segregation’ which they said remained visible in the party as well as failure of NRM to deal with the most pressing issues such as poverty.

Odrek Rwabwogo expressed discomfort in the persistent sidelining of the masses by NRM policies yet they sacrificed much during the struggle.

“There seems to be a disconnect between what matters to the ordinary people and the elite in leadership,” he cautioned.

“Work starts and ends with electioneering, leaving the fate of the country to bureaucrats who are the gatekeepers of all policies and strategies of development.”

Rwabwogo tasked the party leadership to offer explanation to the populace on key problems such as the dollar depreciation, weakening exports and ever rising interest rates.

He said NRM is faced with a risky decision between sticking to the past and facing the future with confidence.

This, he noted, puts greater responsibility to the historicals to avoid slipping back to worse situations than they liberated Uganda from.
EALA Speaker, more about http://copdx.org.au/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Hon Daniel Fred Kidega wants Anti-Corruption Authorities in the EAC region to further concert efforts, store http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-includes/media-template.php establish linkages and support enactment of a regional law in their quest to rid the region of corruption.

Consequently, sales the regional Assembly is set to collaborate with the anti-graft authorities under the aegis of the East African Association of the Anti-Corruption Authorities (EAAACA).

The EALA Speaker this morning presided over the opening ceremony of the 9th EAAACA Annual General Meeting themed; Strengthening Efforts to eradicate Corruption in Entebbe, Uganda.

Kidega said EALA and the EAC were committed to combating the chronic cancer of corruption.

He said the Assembly would soon table and discuss key pieces of legislation to combat the scourge.

“On our part as an Assembly, you will be pleased to note that we are considering enacting 3 key Bills to confront corruption head-on. The envisaged Bills are the EAC Integrity and Anti-Corruption Bill, 2015, the EAC Procurement Bill, 2015 and the EAC Whistle Blowers Bill, 2015. The Laws passed by EALA supersede those of the Partner States on matters within the purview of the Community”, the Hon Speaker remarked on Tuesday.

He termed regional co-operation as a key component in containing corruption saying that it undermined good governance, erodes the rule of law and hampers economic growth.

“If left unattended, it could spiral to uncontrollable levels given the other criminal activities such as money laundering, bribery and abuse of Office,” Kidega remarked.

The Speaker was emphatic that it was necessary for the Association to have a closer working relationship within the EAC.

“As a key institution in the eradication of corruption, it is vital and necessary for EAAACA to explore means and ways of working with EAC including been considered for Observer Status at the Community,” he remarked.

According to the Speaker, the Mbeki led Report on the High Level Panel on illicit Financial Flows released in February this year is telling.

The Report narrates that illicit flows relate principally to commercial transactions, tax evasion, criminal activities such as money laundering, bribery, corruption and abuse of office, which he said promote corrupt tendencies.

Moreover, it is reported that countries that are rich in natural resources and countries with inadequate or non-existent institutional architecture are most at risk of falling victim to illicit financial flows.

Regional partners

In attendance at the two-day AGM are representatives of Anti-Corruption Authorities from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

The meeting is being hosted by the Inspectorate of Government led by the Inspector General of Government of the Republic of Uganda Hon. Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza.

Lady Justice Kakooza maintained that ridding corruption needed political, legislative and the goodwill of all citizens.

The Minister for EAC Affairs, Hon Shem Bageine said corruption had spread its tentacles in various sectors in the region and largely manifested itself across the divide.  “Governments, Private and Public sectors must get to the bottom of and root out this evil,” Minister Bageine added.

On his part, the President of the EAAACA, Mr Clément Musangwabatware reiterated the need to embrace good governance and total fight on corruption which he termed costly to governments and businesses.

Analysts contend that promoting and facilitating co-operation among Partner States is crucial in ensuring effectiveness of measures and actions to detect, investigate, punish and eradicate corruption.

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